The capital of Klodzko County is Klodzko, situated in the valley of the Nysa Klodzka River, on the slopes of the Forteczna and the Owcza Mountain.
Klodzko is one of the oldest towns in the Sudety. It is known that a town had been situated here as early as the 10th century, along the route of the ancient Amber Road, linking Bohemia and the Baltic Sea. The first mention of the town dates back to the year 981 (made by the Czech chronicler Kosmas) and it was granted municipal rights in 1233. The town remained under Czech rule until 1741, apart from some several-year long periods in the 13th and 14th centuries, when it was ruled by the Piasts of Silesia. At the end of the 14th century, the first part of St. Florian's Psalter, one of the earliest examples of Polish writing, was believed to have been written in the local monastery of the Canons Regular of the Lateran. In the middle of the 18th century Klodzko was incorporated into Prussia. At that time, the Hohenzollern family, expanded the Hapsburg fortress and fortifications. During World War II, the fortress was the headquarters of a prisoner-of-war camp, and a branch of the Gross-Rosen (Rogoznica) concentration camp. Since 1945 Klodzko has been a Polish town.
Today Klodzko is a special place, where over one thousand years of tradition is intertwined with modernity. It is an unusual town because it was built by four nations: the Czechs, Germans, Austrians and Poles. Its location, historical monuments, numerous historic buildings, the beauty of the old-town district and the greenery of boulevards located along the Nysa Klodzka River, create Klodzko’s aura and exceptional atmosphere. The most treasured remnants of the town’s glorious past are the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (an extraordinary artistic treasury) the Main Fortress (a unique monument to military architecture) and the old-town Market Square and in particular the Town Hall located there. The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Jesuit College and St. Aloysius Seminary, as well as the Gothic stone bridge over the Mlynowka River are also impressive structures. The Museum of the Klodzko Lands (Muzeum Ziemi Klodzkiej) has gathered numerous unique exhibit items, within the walls of its atmospheric period interiors.
A list of the most interesting cultural events in Klodzko will certainly comprise: the International Long Distance Mountain Run (Miedzynarodowe Dlugodystansowe Biegi Gorskie), the Festival of Folk Art (Festiwal Tworczosci Ludowej) and the Capturing the Klodzko Fortress (Zdobywanie Twierdzy Klodzkiej).
Wroclaw-Klodzko; PKP, PKS
Road 5 (8, E67), Road 8 (E67), Road 33; 87,6 km
Tourist Information (Informacja Turystyczna)
pl. Boleslawa Chrobrego 1, 57-300 Klodzko
tel. +48 74 8658970, tel.+48 74 8677007